In West Mills by De'shawn Charles Winslow


In West Mills by De'shawn Charles Winslow

"It's 1941 in West Mills, a small and mostly African-American town, and Azalea "Knot" Centre is uninterested in conforming to anyone's expectations of her. She's fierce, smart, and confidently in her love of booze and sex. When her parents cast her out, she finds her family in a handful of close friends and neighbors... all of whom have problems of their own, of course. Winslow has created a terrific group of characters, and put together a wonderful story about lifelong friendship. and the secrets and choices that go along with that territory. "  - Recommended by Erika

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ISBN: 9781635573404
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 4th, 2019

Azalea "Knot" Centre is determined to live life as she pleases. Let the people of West Mills say what they will; the neighbors' gossip won't keep Knot from what she loves best: cheap moonshine, nineteenth-century literature, and the company of men. And yet, Knot is starting to learn that her freedom comes at a high price. Alone in her one-room shack, ostracized from her relatives and cut off from her hometown, Knot turns to her neighbor, Otis Lee Loving, in search of some semblance of family and home.


Otis Lee is eager to help. A lifelong fixer, Otis Lee is determined to steer his friends and family away from decisions that will cause them heartache and ridicule. After his failed attempt as a teenager to help his older sister, Otis Lee discovers a possible path to redemption in the chaos Knot brings to his doorstep. But while he's busy trying to fix Knot's life, Otis Lee finds himself powerless to repair the many troubles within his own family, as the long-buried secrets of his troubled past begin to come to light.


Set in an African American community in rural North Carolina from 1941 to 1987, In West Mills is a magnificent, big-hearted small-town story about family, friendship, storytelling, and the redemptive power of love.